Rio Ferdinand believes the one mistake which Jurgen Klopp made during Liverpool’s Champions League semi-final fixture against Barcelona was not including Trent Alexander-Arnold for the first leg at Camp Nou.
However, Barcelona had the upper hand in the finals by having secured a 3-0 victory in the first leg last week.
But Liverpool made a remarkable comeback at the Anfield on Tuesday night to secure a 4-0 win and confirmed a place in the finals of the Champions League final for a second year running.
Alexander-Arnold played an essential role in Liverpool’s win as he provided two assists at Anfield – including a quick corner in which he caught Barca’s players completely by surprise and allowed Divock Origi to score the decisive goal with just 11 just minutes remaining.
Ferdinand feels the 20-year-old should not have been excluded from the playing eleven at the expense of Joe Gomez in the first leg.
‘It’s the modern-day full-back, you want them to defend and get forward,’ Ferdinand told BT Sport.
‘I think the range in their play, in terms of when they get into the final third, they can whip it from outside of the box, they can get into the box, they cut the ball back.
‘I just think their all-around game, both of them [Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson], is fantastic. It’s almost a mini-competition within the team – who can get the most assists.
Maybe, in the Camp Nou, with hindsight which is a beautiful thing if you could have it, [not selecting] Trent Alexander-Arnold was the one mistake you could look back on, he could have done differently.
Liverpool will now be hoping to win the Champions League with this impressive performance against Barcelona.